Introducing Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys.
Introducing Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys.

Bartender Olympian: Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys

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As gets ready to host its second annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.

We've been profiling all 10 bartenders over the last two weeks in preparation for the big night at the Milwaukee Ale House on Thursday, Feb. 25. All in the name of friendly competition, cheer on your favorite Olympian while you enjoy deals on Ale House food and Jim Beam, Malibu, Hornitos and Jameson, Absolut and X Rated.

Here's a quick Q & A with bartender contender Dustin Drankiewicz of Mi-keys. How long have you been a bartender?

Dustin Drankiewicz: Six years.

OMC: What's your signature drink?

DD: I myself am a High Life and bourbon guy. Ask the boys about my "Twinkie bombs" or "egg shots," but if you're a cocktail nerd, stop in at Mi-keys and try the new cocktail menus I recently put out.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one you work at)?

DD: I'm gonna have to go top three: Velvet Hour, Jackalope Lounj and Burnhearts.

OMC: How do you get good tips?

DD: I plead the fifth.

OMC: Have you ever cut someone off?

DD: More than I like to. People don't like being cut off.

OMC: Do you believe in "Beer after liquor, never been sicker, liquor before beer in the clear?"

DD: Que?

OMC: Are you more likely to go out for Sunday night service industry night or Sunday morning brunch?

DD: I love me some brunch and day drinking. That, in turn, turns out to night boozing. Its a vicious, intoxicating, awesome cycle.

OMC: Are you looking forward to the smoking ban?

DD: Yes, more than the second coming of baby Jesus.

OMC: What drink are you preparing for the Bartender Olympics?

The Hornitos New Fashioned
Hornitos Reposado
Simple syrup
Orange bitters
Ginger ale
Muddled fresh fruit


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